WHAT WILL 2021 LOOK LIKE FOR THE DATA CENTRE SECTOR ?
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to affect the data centre industry throughout 2021 , but there are also other drivers to consider . James Hart , CEO at BCS ( Business Critical Solutions ), takes a look at what this year and beyond might look like .
This year , we are likely to see an increased focus on renewable energy . This is in part driven by the massive global players like Google who have joined Facebook , Apple and Microsoft in committing to put no excess carbon into the atmosphere . Facebook has also stated that it will become 100 % supported by renewable energy and is committing to net-zero emissions for its entire ‘ value chain ’ by 2030 , including its suppliers and users .
As a result , there will be greater impetus to secure alternative power sources such as wind and solar as well as the use of battery storage . There are some exciting innovations such as new hydrogen cell technology that are showing some early , promising results .
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